Building on the success of my Paris Decaf experience last evening, I though I’d give the herbal version a try tonight.
The vanilla smell is pronounced in the tin, no doubt because of the rooibos. The bergamot is less strong in this version, and the caramel is stronger in the balance of the dry blend’s aroma. There’s a berry/currant overtone, but it is subtle.
It’s definitely the Paris flavor profile, but the rooibos version isn’t as wondrous to me as the decaf was last night. I think I would put this the lowest of the three, though I need to go back and revisit the original tea version as I didn’t rate it as highly as I think I might now.
In its favor, it isn’t woody, or hamster cage filler-y. The rooibos is pretty much the canvas on which the flavors are painted, not the painting itself. But the aroma after steeping, and the flavors in the sip aren’t as deep, round, and substantive as they are in the tea version.
It’s Paris lite, really. I could try putting a bit more rooibos in next time as I used level spoons, and that might make a difference, I suppose.
But for now, rating it on the low end of yum.
Flavors: Bergamot, Berry, Black Currant, Caramel, Vanilla